C-18 44th Parliament, 1st session November 22, 2021, to present

An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada
Short title: Online News Act
Bill type
House Government Bill

Summary

Current status
At consideration in committee in the House of Commons
Latest activity
Second reading and referral to committee on May 31, 2022 (House of Commons)

Progress

End of stage activity
Introduction and first reading, April 5, 2022
Chamber sittings
Sitting date Debates (Hansard)
April 5, 2022
End of stage activity
Second reading and referral to committee, May 31, 2022
Chamber sittings
Sitting date Debates (Hansard)
May 13, 2022
Sitting 71
Major speeches
Show major speeches at second reading
May 30, 2022
May 31, 2022
Sitting 78
Agreed to (Vote 112)
2nd reading and referral to committee - CHPC
Consideration in committee
No activity
Report stage
Not reached
Third reading
Not reached

Senate

First reading
Not reached
Second reading
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Third reading
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Details

Recorded votes

House of Commons

Vote 111 — May 31, 2022
Result:
Negatived
Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada (amendment)
Yeas:
117
Nays:
206
Paired:
0
Total:
323
Vote 112 — May 31, 2022
Result:
Agreed To
2nd reading of Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada
Yeas:
207
Nays:
116
Paired:
0
Total:
323

Senate

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Speaker's rulings and statements

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Major speeches at second reading

House of Commons

Speech date Speech Member of Parliament
May 13, 2022 Sponsor’s speech(Sitting 71) Chris Bittle (Liberal)
May 13, 2022 Response speech(Sitting 71) John Nater (Conservative)
May 13, 2022 Response speech(Sitting 71) Sébastien Lemire (Bloc Québécois)
May 13, 2022 Response speech(Sitting 71) Alexandre Boulerice (NDP)

About

Legislative summary

A legislative summary is currently being prepared for this bill by the Parliamentary Information, Education and Research Services of the Library of Parliament. Meanwhile, the following executive summary is available.

On 5 April 2022, the Minister of Canadian Heritage introduced Bill C-18, An Act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada (Online News Act) and it was given first reading.

Bill C-18 regulates digital news intermediaries to enhance fairness in the Canadian digital news marketplace and contribute to its sustainability. It establishes a framework through which digital news intermediary operators and news businesses may enter into agreements respecting news content that is made available by digital news intermediaries. The framework takes into account principles of freedom of expression and journalistic independence.

The enactment, among other things,

(a) applies in respect of a digital news intermediary if, having regard to specific factors, there is a significant bargaining power imbalance between its operator and news businesses;

(b) authorizes the Governor in Council to make regulations respecting those factors;

(c) specifies that the enactment does not apply in respect of “broadcasting” by digital news intermediaries that are “broadcasting undertakings” as those terms are defined in the Broadcasting Act or in respect of telecommunications service providers as defined in the Telecommunications Act;

(d) requires the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “Commission”) to maintain a list of digital news intermediaries in respect of which the enactment applies;

(e) requires the Commission to exempt a digital news intermediary from the application of the enactment if its operator has entered into agreements with news businesses and the Commission is of the opinion that the agreements satisfy certain criteria;

(f) authorizes the Governor in Council to make regulations respecting how the Commission is to interpret those criteria and setting out additional conditions with respect to the eligibility of a digital news intermediary for an exemption;

(g) establishes a bargaining process in respect of matters related to the making available of certain news content by digital news intermediaries;

(h) establishes eligibility criteria and a designation process for news businesses that wish to participate in the bargaining process;

(i) requires the Commission to establish a code of conduct respecting bargaining in relation to news content;

(j) prohibits digital news intermediary operators from acting, in relation to certain news content, in ways that discriminate unjustly, that give undue or unreasonable preference or that subject certain news businesses to an undue or unreasonable disadvantage;

(k) allows certain news businesses to make complaints to the Commission in relation to that prohibition;

(l) authorizes the Commission to require the provision of information for the purpose of exercising its powers and performing its duties and functions under the enactment;

(m) establishes a framework respecting the provision of information to the responsible Minister, the Chief Statistician of Canada and the Commissioner of Competition, while permitting an individual or entity to designate certain information that they submit to the Commission as confidential;

(n) authorizes the Commission to impose, for contraventions of the enactment, administrative monetary penalties on certain individuals and entities and conditions on the participation of news businesses in the bargaining process;

(o) establishes a mechanism for the recovery, from digital news intermediary operators, of certain costs related to the administration of the enactment; and

(p) requires the Commission to have an independent auditor prepare a report annually in respect of the impact of the enactment on the Canadian digital news marketplace.

Finally, the enactment makes related amendments to other Acts.

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